Ballet West seeks ‘Nutcracker’ kids

Auditions are for Sept. 16

Submitted by Ballet West

Ballet West ‘The Nutcracker’ auditions

Ballet West will hold auditions for “The Nutcracker” on Saturday in Salt Lake City.
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Has it been a dream of yours to participate in Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker?”  While some may still dream, it’s a reality for many others as Ballet West opens children’s auditions to children of all ages, including the leading roles of Clara, Fritz and Drosselmeyer’s Nephew. 

More than 300 children will be part of the longest-running American production of “The Nutcracker,” with 75 children in every performance. 

This year’s children’s auditions and rehearsals will be held at the Ballet Centre in Studio A where the main Company takes class and prepares for performances. 

Ballet West is looking to cast dancers in the following roles: 

  • Dancers age 8-18 with at least 1 year of ballet training 
  • Girls between the heights of 48″-71″ 
  • Girl gymnasts between the heights of 48″-52″ 
  • Boys between the heights of 48″-72″ 

“It will be an exciting opportunity for kids to see the space that they can aspire to dance in if they want to be a part of the Ballet West Company when they get older,” said Student Rehearsal Director Courtney Hellebuyck. 

When a reporter asked Ballet West Founder Willam Christensen for how many years “The Nutcracker” would be staged, he responded, “It will go on for as long as there are children.” Every holiday season at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah, his point is proven. After over three-quarters of a century, Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker” is still a community-wide tradition. 


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